Help me organize boat-loads of data in a well-designed, user-friendly way!
June 23, 2010 9:52 AM Subscribe
Help me organize boat-loads of data in a well-designed, user-friendly way! I'm making a website for an organization with a very comprehensive and interesting audio archive (say, 1500 items). I'm trying to find a way to represent the archive (about 24 items at a time, per page) in a visually easy, comprehensible way.
posted by suedehead to computers & internet (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The problem is that there are several types of items in the archive: there are recordings, series (containing similarly-themed recordings), producers (the people doing the recordings), DJ shows (which is like a series of curated audio shows) and so on. I'm trying to arrange these in a grid, with each item being a similarly-sized box of, while at the same time trying to quickly delineate the differences between each item, and the vaguely hierarchical relationships between items. For example, a series encompasses a bunch of recordings, so maybe an icon indicating a bunch of stacked discs would indicate a series? Or should I color-code each item?
From a UX perspective, what's a good way to organize this visually? Do you have any good examples of current websites that deal with a large amount of information that needs to be referenced often? I'm looking for any good starting points